It perplexes as much as it saddens me that some live the life we are given without a gratitude for God. A life without God is weakly analogous to appreciating magic without the magician.
Despite being awed by their rich and colorful surroundings, the anesthetized, atheistic perspective perseveres in convincing minds that the sum of randomness and ever-increasing lengths of time somehow produce the social structure and spiritual conscience of today’s existence. But even the staunchest of atheists attempt to look past the “magic” to scrutinize the hidden talents of the magician for a clue to reveal the secret of his masterful trick. Whether or not one believes in God, it is safe to say we all seek truth. Every scientist seeks the reason and effects of form and function. While still bound by gravity to this spinning blue orb, all human minds are engaged in an unexpected scavenger hunt in discovering and deciphering clues behind the purpose of their existence. Whether our minds race to the first and second laws of thermodynamics and energy or scrutinize the very foundations of Judeo –Christian heritage, it all distills down to the inescapable undertone that there is something that unifies this world – an unchanging continuum. To stop here and be satisfied without looking past the magic to discover a purpose of this unifying entity is like forbidding a child to have a questioning mind. It is not in our nature to not ask why. If we are honest with ourselves, the debate of proving whether this intriguing unifying entity is God, random dancing of space dust and gravity, or the flying spaghetti monster, the real argument at hand for both believer and non-believer alike, is what if it is God. Are “believers” as well as atheists ready to go “all in” after scavenging restlessly for clues and commit to the epiphany of Truth? Although I am amazed by some creative sparks of hypothetical thinking of evolutionists prompting exhaustive virtual research, they have still yet to answer the many scientists, like myself, when did that simple, little cell decide to grow a stomach, a brain, or a … or divide to become male and female which would further complicate its future generation’s survival? Really… how does a hyena become a whale? As evolutionists and creationist sling their shovelful of proof back over the fence at each other, I believe we are both artfully dodging the wager at hand and committing to the outcome of being all in.
Maybe this isn’t about magic or the magician after all. In fact, the “magic” has even derailed some believers whose only source of remedy to a solution is praying for a miracle. Don’t get me wrong, miracles do happen…and thank God they do. However, briefly extending the sure mortality of the life we are given is not for our own satisfaction but a gratuitous chance to live “all in” or simply “In Christ.” It is the bittersweet fatalism of Christianity that embraces Truth, which is the very Son of God who died for our Redemption. Will we fully commit to faithfully accept the Truth and allow His obedience to the Father to finally define our lives and reveal our purpose for existence? This unifying entity, that holds the power to create, is a poor description of God as some divine magician. I prefer to think of God as a Great Storyteller and each life He breathes into existence becomes part of His book of life. Beyond performing simple tricks disguised as magic, the Great Storyteller incorporates within each life the gift of free will that can water their implanted seeds of faith, hope and love. Every thought, word and action is documented by the Great Storyteller and used to justify the ever-thickening plot that flows from Calvary. Unlike any book we’ve read, this book stands outside the dimension of time where everything is in the present. No past or future, just the present…or simply His unifying Presence. Every choice made in devotion or rebellion instantly incorporates into the plot overwhelming our reason to understand the mystery of the story’s orchestration. Those devoted to Christ become red pens in God’s hand. Their thoughts, words and actions will be written in the color of His sacrificial Love, revealing the true nature of the name God will call them by. It is the same river of red from Calvary that runs through the repentant heart allowing Jesus to begin the perfection of His work in them. Like Heaven, God’s perfection is nothing our eyes or ears could expect. Those devoted to God become will become His masterpiece, a finished novel. Imagine the transformation of a lowly handmaid, the Virgin Mary, becoming one who is described in Revelation 12 as “being clothed in the Sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars” – truly God’s masterpiece!
It is impossible to know God without Love. It is impossible to know yourself or your purpose without Love. True love cannot be seen through the blind eye of atheism but rather through the lens of the true food and true drink Jesus offers all in communion with His sacrificial love. It is through the contradiction of this thirty-three year old, crucified radical that our shame sees, although dimly, true Love – which is the Kingdom of God itself. Seeing through the lens of Christ’s body allows all to see the world in a newfound, unexpected compassion that influences our thoughts, words and actions. For it is the sin active within us that distances our compassion towards the lepers of our day. God calls us to Him expecting more than a personal relationship; He engages our gifts of forgiveness and draws us close to Himself and others in communion as one Body led by His Son into a Holy family. Therefore, if the ultimate Truth we seek is sufficiently grasped when peering through the wounds of a crucified Savior, then are we willing to go “all in” and dare to look through that lens…or remain comfortable and numb?
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